44 Total Quotes

Leo Rosten Quotes

Some things are so unexpected that no one is prepared for them.
Leo Rosten
#American Novelist

Every writer is a narcissist. This does not mean that he is vain; it only means that he is hopelessly self-absorbed.
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#Writers And Writing

An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without a body for the service of Christendom and the church.
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#Body #Angels

Proverbs often contradict one another, as any reader soon discovers. The sagacity that advises us to look before we leap promptly warns us that if we hesitate we are lost; that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but out of sight, out of mind.
Leo Rosten
#American Novelist #Advice

I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.
Leo Rosten
#American Novelist

Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.
Leo Rosten
#American Novelist #Brains

A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.
Leo Rosten
#American Novelist #Communication #Writers And Writing

You can understand and relate to most people better if you look at them -- no matter how old or impressive they may be -- as if they are children. For most of us never really grow up or mature all that much -- we simply grow taller. O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales.
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#People

Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.
Leo Rosten
#American Novelist #Communication

I will never give in to old age until I become old. And I'm not old yet!
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#Age And Aging

Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined
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#Courage

I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe
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#People

In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed.
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#Books And Reading #Envy

Humor is, I think, the subtlest and chanciest of literary forms. It is surely not accidental that there are a thousand novelists, essayists, poets or journalists for each humorist. It is a long, long time between James Thurbers.
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#Literary

A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.
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#American Novelist #Conservative

Satire is focused bitterness.
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#American Novelist #Bitterness

The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
Leo Rosten
#American Novelist

We see things as we are, not as they are.
Leo Rosten
#American Novelist

First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people.
Leo Rosten
#American Novelist #People

Any man who hates dogs and babies can't be all bad.
Leo Rosten
#American Novelist